Creating special traditions is one of my favorite parts of being a parent.

When I think back to being a kid, it is the rituals, not the gifts, that created the heart of Christmas.  I remember lying under the Christmas tree and looking up at the lights, dressing up for church, watching the Grinch on TV with my sisters, and the crazy wrapping jobs that my dad was famous for (duct tape and string are MUCH more fun than wrapping paper.)

The good news is that it doesn’t take much to make something special, especially around the holidays.  One of the easiest traditions has to be Christmas stories.

On December 1st every year I pull out our giant bin of holiday books.  The kids quickly pick out their favorites, exclaiming excitedly over forgotten treasures, and we spend the afternoon happily reading together.  From that night until 12th Night (Jan. 6th, the night we officially end our Christmas celebration) we read at least one Christmas story before bed each night.

It is really hard to narrow down the list, but here is my best attempt.

Our absolute favorites Christmas books:

Jotham’s Journey by Arnold Ytreeide (well, the entire series, really).  This is an advent adventure, intended to be read just one chapter per day.  It follows a fictional shepherd boy at the time of Jesus’ birth.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski.  My oldest always asks for this story first every year because she simply adores the illustrations.  It is a sweet tale of a heartbroken wood carver who softens as he carves a nativity scene for a widow and her son.

Jacob’s Gift by Max Lucado.  This is another book notable for it’s beautiful illustrations.  It teaches the story of selfless giving, with the words” When you give a gift to one of God’s children, you give a gift to God.”

The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter.  Yes, this really is a Christmas story, and a (kinda’) true one too. Potter, one of my favorite authors, creates a magical story around a sick tailor who must finish a new suit for the mayor by Christmas morning.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore We have several different versions of this story, but our favorite is illustrated by Bruce Whatley. This is the Christmas tradition of all traditions, and it must be read every Christmas eve.

A Little House Christmas by Laura Ingalls Wilder  This is a compilation of the Christmas scenes in the Little House series.  We have had such a fun time reading through all of the books, and these stories of simplicity and gratefulness are some of the sweetest.

Enjoy making memories this Christmas!





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5 thoughts on “Best Christmas Stories for Kids

  • December 17, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    No one can take away those special memories. It’s funny as a parent we don’t always realize we are starting a tradition until the next year when your child says “we can’t forget to do such and such” and there it is “tradition and childhood memories”. You are right. The gifts are nice but kids want that special time and attention. Merry Christmas!!

  • December 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    One of my few memories of my dad was my reading Twas the Night Before Christmas to him. And by reading I mean reciting as he helped me turn the pages in the right place after him reading it to me so many times.

    • December 20, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      That is sweet! He sounds like a very caring man.

  • December 26, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Adorable picture. I well remember the raising of four sons, the first three arrived within 18 months of each other. Right now it’s hard enough to keep up after a 3.5 yr.old DGS with autism! But I believe God calls me to support his Daddy [single Dad ] through med school so here we are and The Boy is a joy!!
    God bless.

  • January 29, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Have you red red boots for Christmas? It is one of our yearly reads. Yes I still read to them and this story makes me cry.. SHHHH


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